36 goals and 20 assists: Tottenham line up move for new striker as Pochettino targets two forwards - report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are lining up a summer move for Watford striker Troy Deeney, according to a report.
The Hornets captain has scored 36 goals and supplied 20 assists in the past two seasons and has been the guiding force in his club’s impressive revival.
The Sun claim Spurs are eyeing Deeney in addition to £30million-rated priority target Michy Batshuayi of Marseille.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to want two new strikers to take some of the goalscoring burden off Harry Kane and strengthen the squad ahead of next season’s Champions League campaign.
As revealed by Football Insider, Belgium international Batshuayi, 22, is the club’s No1 target up front following extensive scouting missions.
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It is reported that would not affect any move for Deeney, a player Tottenham chiefs could become an influential figure at White Hart Lane.
The 27-year-old scored 13 Premier League goals and supplied eight assists to help newly-promoted Watford finish 13th in the top flight this season.
This came after he scored 21 goals and weighed in with 10 assists in the Hertfordshire club’s successful Championship campaign in 2014-15.
Deeney’s formidable work-rate and willingness to lay on goals for his Watford team-mate Odion Ighalo also caught the eye of Spurs as they look bring in forwards who can cover for and play alongside the prolific Kane.
Watford are said to be keen to keep hold of their captain, but he is upset by their sacking of manager Quique Sanchez Flores in a decision the player branded “crazy”.
Deeney signed a new contract last summer that runs until 2020 and Spurs are likely to have to pay a significant fee to prise him from Vicarage Road.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are keeping close tabs on a highly rated Holland central midfielder.